My upcoming workshops are all listed here, as well as a comprehensive list of my recent and past teaching.
All people are welcome to my classes, whatever your background, nationality, race, gender, sexuality, age, fitness, size, livelihood, ability, beliefs, or any other signifying quality. Sometimes I have to teach under 16s separately from adults, unless their parent or guardian is with them, to conform to UK safeguarding laws. If you have any questions as to your ability to join in my classes and courses you are warmly invited to get in touch.
Upcoming: Natural watercolour making from scratch, join me for a morning of making paints from ochres, gum and honey, taking home a set of beautiful colours in traditional mussel shells. All materials and refreshments will be provided. 10am-1pm, 8th February 2020, £50. Get in touch for details and to book. This is almost full and another date may be added. Class size 5.
Upcoming: Painting on buckskin, leather, canvas etc, 10am-1pm 25th January 2020, £50, all materials and refreshments provided. This will give you all the skills and materials you need to decorate suede and buckskin with permanent designs. Get in touch for details, all materials provided. Class size 5.
Oak gall ink making at my new studio near Hampton Court, UK. We had two mornings of making wonderful black ink from local galls and gums, as well as quills and brushes. Students went away with a full set of brushes and pens plus ink, ready to draw with.
Previously: Wild Twins ran again in May 2019, a magical workshop I teach with writer Paul Kingsnorth for writers and artists of all kinds. We aim to re-wild our work in this place at Europe’s far Atlantic edge and bring words and images together, and let them run loose over the rocks by the sea shore. Click here for details. It will run again in 2021 after a year off in 2020 due to other commitments.
Since October 2018 I have taught monthly life drawing sessions with a professional model and as much or as little tuition as you wish, at Canela Cafe in Hampton Court, email canelacafeevents [at] gmail [dot] com for more details, or find them on Instagram. Each last Tuesday of the month. A fun session for all, we covered all sorts of styles, exercises and poses. We are taking a break from December 2019 and I will return as a guest teacher in 2020 as I have other commitments on Tuesdays.
In May 2018 I taught a special afternoon of colour theory to home schooled children and their parents at The Happy Pig, in west Ireland. 2 peaceful fun hours of colour mixing and matching using gouache, leading to a good basic understanding of what colour is, how to mix that colour you want, and keep your colours clean and bright, when you want to.
During Spring and Autumn 2017 I taught on Fire and Shadow, an eight month long Dark Mountain course. We made archaic materials out in the wild, and took as much time in making them around the fire as using them. So much nowadays is instant, it’s like a running commentary in everyone’s heads, reflected on their devices. These materials slowed us down, in the best way, we become absorbed in the moment: art and writing at walking pace. It was a great pleasure to work with Way Of Nature UK . Making quills and oak gall ink in Alladale, Scotland, then writing in our hand made books, which brought back the sound of the scriptorium to our modern ears, a lost sound, regained by our work together as we wrote. In Romania I brought ochre, chalk and charcoal and we worked with the alchemical triad of red, black and white, alongside the story of The Lindwurm, which worked it magic on us in the wilds of this beautiful place. Thanks to photographer Natasha Lythgoe for the use of some of her photos below, as tagged.
In January 2017 I taught a primitive and natural paints and brushes workshop at An Teach Soar (The Happy Pig) in Ireland. I returned in July to teach bark containers, pouch-making from natural materials and other prim-tech art kit topics. I currently teach 121 sessions for making birch and ash bark containers, hand sewn books, natural cordage, quill making and painting on buckskin or parchment at my home on The Thames, near Hampton Court Palace.
Bark boxes & buckskin and felt pouches, July 2017, Tynagh.
Natural Materials, quill pens and brushes, The Happy Pig, January 2017
Earlier: In the 1990s I taught as a visiting Painting tutor at Degree courses in Norwich and Sunderland, as well as on the BTEC at Bournemouth. For three years from 2000 I taught life drawing in Inverurie, Aberdeenshire both in FE and Adult Education, until I moved back to England. I also taught art, painting and crafts to groups of both younger and older children near Huntly. I have since taught several more life drawing workshops for adults in the North East of Scotland, as well as private classes in and around London.
Come and learn: I have an ongoing, current enhanced DBS Disclosure certificate which allows me to work with children and people with special needs, or vulnerable adults. I greatly enjoy passing on what I have learned and practised. Please get in touch if you would like me to run a session for you, your group or business. Topics could include drawing from the figure, still life, drawing outdoors, colour theory, sketch-booking, a huge selection of natural and primitive materials production and use, as well as many other related crafts.
Below are a few of my drawings from life 1990-2017, in many different media, scales, and varying in duration from 1 minute to 5 hours. I encourage students to find their own way with materials, style and approach.